Upcoming cases - Supreme Court

As at 4 August 2021

Sittings of the Supreme Court are open to the public.

Upcoming fixtures are set out below:  

updated fixtures list for July 2021 (PDF, 396 KB)

fixtures list for August 2021 (PDF, 325 KB)

 

     JULY   |  AUGUST   |  OCTOBER  |  NOVEMBER

 

JULY: 

  

 AUGUST

 3 August

Case number                              SC 10/2021

Case name  

 

 

 

 

Katharine Elizabeth Preston
VTM Bruton QC and IM Hutcheson

v

Grant Lee Preston
And
Grant Lee Preston and Fisher Partners Limited as Trustees of the Grant Preston Family Trust

JM McCleary and RC Van den Broek   

Civil Appeal            

Judges                                                     

Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O’Regan, Ellen France and Williams JJ

Grounds on which leave was granted

 

 

 

 

The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to dismiss Ms Preston’s appeal in relation to her claim for an award of part of the assets of the Grant Preston Family Trust under s 182 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980.

Supreme Court leave application decision
Court of Appeal decision
High Court decision

17 August

Case number                              SC 5/2021

Case name 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donglin Deng
JD Turner and L Huang

v

Lu Zheng
D Zhang and E Tie

New Zealand Law Society
B Jones as Intervenor

Civil Appeal

Judges                                                     

William Young, Glazebrook, O’Regan, Ellen France and Williams JJ

Grounds on which leave was granted

 

 

 

 

The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to make a declaration that there was a partnership between Mr Zheng and Mr Deng in which they were equal partners and to make orders that were consequential on that finding.

Supreme Court leave application decision
Court of Appeal decision
High Court decision

 20 August

Case number                              SC 14/2020

Case name 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUV (SC 14/2020)
A Douglass and AS Butler

V

The Chief of New Zealand Defence Force
AL Martin and JPA Boyle

Human Rights Commission
JS Hancock as Intervenor

Further Civi Appel

Judges                                                     

Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O’Regan, Ellen France and Arnold JJ

Grounds on which leave was granted         

 

 

 

 

 

 

The approved ground is: (i) Does the test in O’Connor v Hart [1985] 1 NZLR 159 (PC) (that a contract is not voidable for mental incapacity unless the other contracting party has actual or constructive knowledge of the incapacity, or equitable fraud is established) apply in the employment jurisdiction (in particular, to a settlement agreement that has been certified under s 149 of the Employment Relations Act 2000)?(ii) If not, what is the relevant test and should the settlement agreement have been set aside in this case on the grounds of mental incapacity?

Supreme Court leave application decision
Court of Appeal decision
Employment Court decision not publicly available

  

OCTOBER

4 October - 8 October and 11 October - 15 October

Case number                              SC 49/2019
Case name   Peter Hugh McGregor Ellis v The Queen
Judges                                                     

Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Williams and Arnold JJ

 

NOVEMBER

2 November

Case number                              SC 32/2021
Case name   Shane Dromgool, Dorothy Dromgool, Alan Darvall Poulton, Jennifer Poulton and Newman Farms Limited v Minister for Land Information
Judges                                                     

tbc

16 November - 18 November - Supreme Court will be sitting in Auckland

Case number                              SC 25/2021
Case name   Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated v New Zealand Transport Agency
Judges                                                     

tbc

19 November - Supreme Court will be sitting in Auckland

Case number                              SC 9/2021
Case name   Te Warena Taua, George Hori Winikerei Taua, Ngarama Walker, Hamuera Taua and Miriama Tamaariki as Trustees of the Te Kaweray Iwi Tribal Authority and Te Warena Taua, George Hori Winikerei Taua, Ngarama Walker, Hamuera Taua and Miriama Tamaariki as Trustee
Judges                                                     

tbc